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Big Brothers Big Sisters Expand Positive Impact

July 9, 2018

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Iowa Executive Director, Katie Orlando, and her staff are passionate about expanding the positive impact one-to-one mentoring has on children and their mentors.In just two and a half years, the organization has gone from serving 160 kids in one-to-one mentorships per year to serving 580. They’ve... Read Story

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Adult Learning Center Uplifts Community

July 9, 2018

Hawkeye Community College has a vision that is coming to life in the form of the new Adult Learning Center currently under construction in downtown Waterloo. Here, urban students will come to start a career path, learn English, and prepare for college. The new facility will double the urban campus capacity to... Read Story

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Dreaming Big

July 6, 2018

Breanna Himschoot had dreamed of going to an Ivy League school like the University of Pennsylvania, but the Waterloo East High School graduate didn’t know if financially the dream would ever be achievable. Thanks to a generous financial aid package from the University, along with a four-year CFNEIA Opportunity Scholarship, Breanna has... Read Story

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Making Dreams Happen

July 6, 2018

Don and Shirley Kniss were never blessed with children of their own, but Shirley considered all her students her children. During her 35-year teaching career, primarily at Waterloo’s Kingsley Elementary School, Shirley influenced, nurtured, and impacted over three generations of Waterloo youth.Don spent 28 years at John Deere’s Product Engineering... Read Story

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A Rooted Legacy

July 6, 2018

Waverly was a young community in the late 1800s when the Rathe family made it their home and a generational tradition of giving back began. Today, the community is thriving and Dr. Ann Rathe, a psychiatrist at Waverly Health Center, is making her own mark.Dr. Rathe’s family roots of community leadership run... Read Story